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THE TIMARU HERALD: Irish woodturner introduces brand new concepts to Timaru club (03/31/2017)

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An internationally renowned woodturner from Ireland has introduced South Canterbury woodturners to new concepts that flipped a few existing ideas on their heads, Timaru Woodturners club president Adriaan Slooten says.

Glenn Lucas was invited by the Timaru Woodturners Club to host three classes at the club's workshop at Phar Lap Raceway this week.

During one of the classes, Slooten said one of his existing techniques for sharpening tools was "put on its head".

He enjoyed the class and was eager to share what he had learned with others.

"I need to make sure I do it right, and teach it right."

Learning new techniques was part of why Slooten liked having guest woodturners visit and run classes.

"That's why I really look forward to these people coming here."

Lucas demonstrated how to make a square platter, and how to sharpen tools at the Wednesday afternoon classes.

He then showed people at the evening class how to make a bowl modelled on a bowl which was found in a bog in Dublin last year and allegedly made by Vikings, Slooten said.

Lucas said when he was small, a journeyman arrived at his family home, hoping to shelter there for a couple of nights.


But the journeyman ended up staying for years, and he inspired Lucas to take up woodturning at the age of 16.

Lucas took a course in design, and eventually attended a trade show in Dublin, hoping to sell some of his wares.

At the show he received a trial order for 50 of his bowls from an American business.

The trial was successful and the business then placed an order for 300, Lucas said.

Since then he has gone on to make DVDs about woodturning, has appeared on a few TV shows and frequently travels all over the world running sessions.

While most of the people he taught were male, and retired, they came from all walks of life and different backgrounds.

"It's nice when you see the odd female in there," Lucas said.

It was his second trip to New Zealand.

Lucas said he began in Gore earlier this week, and would run about seven other demonstrations around New Zealand before finishing in Auckland around Easter.

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